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By 2030, 600k Philadelphians won’t have basic skills for work, report says; fight for digital literacy dev

Feb. 22, 2012 12:01 pm

By 2030, 600k Philadelphians won’t have basic skills for work, report says; fight for digital literacy

Digital literacy, the whisper seldom heard beneath the yell of digital access issues in Philadelphia, might be getting a megaphone. A report issued last month by a partnership between IBM and the City of Philadelphia says that by 2030, an estimated 600,000 Philadelphians will lack basic skills needed to work in a technology-inclusive, if not […]
Help inform the city’s comprehensive plan with our Broadband2035 project civic

Mar. 21, 2011 11:00 am

Help inform the city’s comprehensive plan with our Broadband2035 project

It was in the first days of publishing Technically Philly two years ago that we came to understand that the city’s broadband infrastructure played a crucial role in our technology community. Wireless Philadelphia, an effort to provide free, wireless access to city dwellers, had ended a failure. Verizon had only recently been allowed to expand […]
Hispanic community’s distance from the web will affect voting Nov. 2: Guest Post civic

Oct. 27, 2010 11:00 am

Hispanic community’s distance from the web will affect voting Nov. 2: Guest Post

This is a guest post by Liz Spikol, Editor of bilingual Tek Lado magazine, as part of our Guest Contributor Week. Want to have an op-ed or feature you’ve written to appear on TP, now or in the future? Drop us a line. One way you can tell it’s election time: Latinos are in the news. […]
There are lessons for the city from Federal CTO visit

May. 13, 2010 1:00 pm

There are lessons for the city from Federal CTO visit

If you think Philadelphia is mired in debt and inefficiency, try wading through the federal government. The nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, offered a peak this morning inside the Obama administration’s use of cloud computing and crowdsourcing to help streamline the inner-workings of the federal government and overcome a culture of bulky IT budgets […]
City of Philadelphia to buy municipal WiFi network from Network Acquisition civic

Dec. 17, 2009 3:57 pm

City of Philadelphia to buy municipal WiFi network from Network Acquisition

The City of Philadelphia plans to purchase for $2 million the city-wide wireless network once known as Wireless Philadelphia, currently owned and operated by Network Acquisition, the Inquirer reports. Check out Technically Philly’s multimedia Flash timeline that follows the history of the storied Wireless Philadelphia network. The network will be utilized by the city for […]
Friday Q&A: Broadband biz strategist Craig Settles talks Digital Philadelphia future access

Oct. 23, 2009 11:00 am

Friday Q&A: Broadband biz strategist Craig Settles talks Digital Philadelphia future

The City of Philadelphia’s Division of Technology was handed a tremendous setback last week. The city has been taking serious steps to move beyond Wireless Philadelphia and to develop a new plan of action to help bridge the digital divide, what the DOT calls Digital Philadelphia. In August, it submitted a broadband grant proposal to […]
City CTO: We have a heck of a shot for federal broadband stimulus money civic

Sep. 23, 2009 11:29 am

City CTO: We have a heck of a shot for federal broadband stimulus money

Five known members of Philly’s technology community discussed the impact of Wireless Philadelphia, the city’s digital divide and its application for federal broadband stimulus dollars Tuesday evening. Local technology leaders and policymakers agree that lessons learned from the failed initiative put the city in a unique spot to advance its technology foundations, and they are […]
Friday Q&A: Gwen Shaffer, One Web Day organizer

Jul. 10, 2009 1:26 pm

Friday Q&A: Gwen Shaffer, One Web Day organizer

On September 22, Philadelphia will celebrate its first One Web Day. Maybe celebrate isn’t the right word for it—this year’s event is about digital inclusion, or the lack thereof. Modeled after Earth Day, One Web is an international event meant to raise the public’s awareness of Web issues. No, not the Facebook redesign. We’re talking […]
Ten Philadelphia tech organizations that should have Wikipedia entries but don’t creative

Jun. 16, 2009 12:11 pm

Ten Philadelphia tech organizations that should have Wikipedia entries but don’t

Look, this is down right embarrassing. Earlier this month we retweeted Viddler founder Rob Sandie. He was self-promoting, but damn it if we didn’t agree with him. Why didn’t the growing video-hosting service have a Wikipedia entry? Now that Google News has begun to link to the Web’s largest community-edited encyclopedia, it’s clear it’s bypassed […]
Technically Not Tech: Media Mobilizing Project closes grant, looks forward creative

Jun. 8, 2009 5:51 pm

Technically Not Tech: Media Mobilizing Project closes grant, looks forward

Media Mobilizing Project founding member Todd Wolfson is interested in the role that media and communications can play in helping build movements to end poverty. He hasn’t been the only one. In 2007, MMP was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Knight News Foundation. With that money, the media organization has been helping other organizations […]